Medical Education
Why Did We Create
the Program?
  • The acuity and complexity of patient needs requires a highly trained, specialized nurse.
  • Increasingly, the delivery of acute care is expanding beyond the hospital walls.
  • Advanced practice nurses will deliver an increasing portion of patient care and care coordination.
  • An educational partnership between a university and a health provider gives students unparalleled academic expertise and top notch clinical access.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse
Practitioner Program

Carolinas HealthCare System and the University of North Carolina Charlotte are partnering to offer the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) program, an accredited, clinically focused, campus-based graduate nursing program designed to prepare advanced practice nurses for the changing healthcare workforce.

Program Description

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, a 47-credit-hour master's degree program, readies graduates for inpatient/outpatient acute care settings and specialty practices. Students will learn how to manage patients ranging from adolescence to older adulthood who have complex acute and/or chronic health problems.

The program focuses on a theoretical foundation and evidence-based clinical practice with particular attention to pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, critical decision making, patient management, advanced technical skills and promoting physical and psychological well-being.

Clinical Experiences

Carolinas HealthCare System's board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners make the System a prime resource for the clinical experience. Our exceptional healthcare providers offer individual attention to students in a variety of clinical settings, including:

  • Cardiology (Inpatient/Outpatient)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery/Cardiovascular Recovery Unit
  • Nephrology
  • Inpatient Hospitalist/Internal Medicine
  • Medical/Surgical Critical Care
  • General Surgery/Trauma
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Hepaticopancreaticobiliary Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery

Certification Eligibility

Graduates of the AGACNP program will be prepared to sit for national certification from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Post Master's Certificate

The Post Master's Certificate for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program consists of coursework and clinical experiences totaling approximately 20 graduate credit hours. This program is ideal for actively practicing nurse practitioners who want to obtain board certification as an AGACNP. While graduate admissions criteria state that applicants for the Post Master's Certificate in AGACNP are required to have completed Advanced Pathophysiology, Health Assessment and Advanced Pharmacology within the last five years, transcripts of actively practicing nurse practitioners board certified as Adult (Adult-Gerontology Primary Care), Family, Psychiatric or Pediatric will be assessed in terms of admission requirements by the UNCC Graduate Admissions Committee. All course work must be completed within four years and a 3.0 GPA is required.

AGACNP Program

Please visit the UNCC graduate nursing website for additional information:

Carolinas HealthCare System Contact for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse
Practitioner Program:

Brian K. Jefferson, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, FCCM
Carolinas HealthCare System AGACNP Program Coordinator
Office: 704-446-5713
Email: Brian Jefferson

UNCC Contact:
David Langford, PhD, RN
Interim Associate Director, Graduate Division
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Phone: 704-687-7994
Email: David Langford